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Dynasties win some, lose some in Eleksyon 2019

The recently-concluded midterm elections has been a make-or-break contest for political clans in the country as some old-timers were unseated while fresh names ascended to power.  

In a number of cases, however, the defeated dynasties were only replaced by another.

Sotto vs. Eusebio

Pasig City mayoral candidate Vico Sotto's victory over reelectionist Bobby Eusebio ended the 27-year rule of the Eusebio clan.

Sotto, 29, is the son of celebrities Vic Sotto and Coney Reyes, and the nephew of Senate President Vicente "Tito" Sotto III.

He won the trust of 209,370 Pasig voters while Eusebio had 121,556 votes, according to the partial and unofficial results at the Commission on Elections' transparency server.

"Matagal tayong naghintay. Buti, narinig na ang sigaw ng Pasigeño. Confident po ako sa aking kakayanan, confident ako lalo na narinig ko kung ano ang gusto ng Pasigeño after 27 years na isang pamilya ang namahala sa ating lungsod," Sotto had earlier said.

Ricky Eusebio also lost to Roman Romulo in his bid for a congressional seat as Pasig City's representative.  Romulo is a returning congressman in his district.

Both Sotto and Romulo ran under the Aksyon Demokratiko party.

Zamora vs. Ejercito, Estrada

San Juan City also witnessed a change in leadership, though with an old name.

Francis Zamora won as the new city mayor, defeating incumbent vice mayor Janella Estrada.

The PDP-Laban local bet ended the 49-year rule of the Ejercitos and Estradas in the city.

"Kasaysayan po ito sa aming lungsod," Zamora, who previously served as the city's vice mayor, had said.

According to Comelec's transparency server, Zamora garnered a 35,060 votes while his opponent Janella Estrada had 24,813 votes.

Janella is a daughter of senatorial candidate Jinggoy Estrada. Jinggoy also held the mayoralty post in San Juan for nine years.

Among the former mayors from their clan were Joseph "Erap" Estrada, who became president in 1998;  his son Juan Victor Ejercito who also runs for senator; and Guia Gomez, Estrada's former partner.

Meanwhile, reelectionist Ronaldo Zamora, the father of the mayor-elect, won his ninth term as San Juan City's representative. He defeated actor Edu Manzano.

Domagoso vs. Estrada

The Estradas also lost their bailiwick in Manila City after Francisco "Isko Moreno" Domagoso dislodged incumbent mayor Joseph "Erap" Estrada from his post.

Domagoso won with 357,925 votes while Estrada garnered 210,605 votes.

Former Manila City mayor Alfredo Lim placed third among the eight candidates for the position, with 138,923 votes.

Estrada's daughter Jerika Ejercito likewise lost her bid to land a seat as councilor.

Duterte siblings rule Davao

Davao City remains under the rule of the Dutertes.

President Rodrigo Duterte's three eldest children were proclaimed winners in the local elections.

Incumbent Mayor Sarah Duterte will serve another term as she garnered over 500,000 votes. She defeated independent candidate Jun Marcellones.

Sarah's brother Sebastian "Baste" Duterte, unopposed, won as the city's vice mayor.

Presidential son Paolo "Pulong" Duterte, on the other hand, landed a congressional seat as Davao City 1st District's representative.

Binay stays

Residents of Makati City chose to give the mayoral seat anew to reelectionist Abby Binay.

Abby had 179,522 votes and bested five other opponents including her brother Junjun Binay who garnered 98,653 votes.

Her husband, Luis Campos, also won as Makati City 2nd District's representative.

Former Vice President Jejomar Binay—the father of Abby and Junjun—was defeated by Kid Peña in his candidacy as congressman for Makati City 1st District.

Legarda vs. Javier

Outside Metro Manila's political arena, Senator Loren Legarda who is serving her third and last term in the Senate swept the lone House seat of Antique in a landslide victory over her opponent, former governor Exequiel Javier.

More than 198,000 votes led Legarda to her victory versus Javier who had over 69,000 votes.

Legarda claims to have her roots in Antique.

Javier, on the other hand, ran for congressman to replace his son, incumbent Antique Representative Paolo Javier, who took his chances in the gubernatorial race. The younger Javier, however, lost to Rhodora Cadiao.

Marcos holds North

The Marcoses maintained their grip in Ilocos Norte's political sphere as Matthew Marcos Manotoc won as the new governor of Ilocos Norte, replacing his mother Imee Marcos who now secures the eighth spot in the senatorial race.

Manotoc won with 260,938 votes after his rival Ilocos Norte 1st District Representative Rodolfo Fariñas withdrew his candidacy.

Cecilia Araneta-Marcos will serve as the vice governor of the province. She was the substitute candidate for her husband Mariano Marcos II who died in February.

Incumbent Ilocos Norte Vice Governor Eugenio Angelo Marcos Barba, on the other hand, won as congressman for Ilocos Norte 2nd District.

Ilocos Norte's capital Laoag City also elected a Marcos as its mayor. Former governor of the province, Michael Marcos Keon, defeated Chevylle Fariñas in the mayoral race. —LDF, GMA News